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>>> former division chief of the cia office of soviet affairs argues that our current level of spending on defense is excessive and is making us less secure. this 45 minute program is next on book tv. >> thank you for that introduction and for the invitation to come out here to discuss the book. let me say a few things on why i wrote the book in the first place. several years ago, bob gates the secretary of defense noted before he announced he was going to leave the administration that he was going to go back to the state of washington. this is someone i followed closely over the years. i testified against him in 1991 when he was nominated to be the cia director. and as an obama supporter of course i was shocked to find out who was crowned be kept on as obama secretary of defense but when he told people i found interesting and was the major reason i wanted to write this book and what he said was we are moving towards a smaller military that will do fewer things and be able to go fewer places which he felt was a terrible thing and he added i don't want to be a part of that ki
puts around him, too. with respect to chuck hagel and brennan, defense and c.i.a. just in the last week, their performance in front of the committees that have to confirm them has been pretty poor and that's not my judgment, that's the judgment of senators on both sides of the aisle. >> if you were in the senate would you vote against confirmation of chuck hagel? >> i would. >> rose: there are those who argue that this is personal with respect to chuck hagel because he said what he said with respect to the surge. is it for you personal? >> no, it's not personal for me. i presided or participated in the senate policy, republican policy for eight years. every tuesday when i was in town and i can't recall ever seeing chuck in one of those lunches. he wasn't sort of a very active participant as best i can tell from my perspective. i do believe that there are people that are far better qualified than he is to be -- >> rose: doesn't have the president some choice in determining who he ought to -- who he believes is the best qualified, who reflects his point of view and -- >> the senate also h
that will change, a lot of this -- all of this is being done by the cia. well, most of it. drones in particular except in explicit war theaters like afghanistan or iraq where the military does control them is controlled by the cia. i think one thing that the new secretary of defense -- assuming he's confirmed -- hagel, some of the things he wants to do is to turn this back over to the military so that at least it's not embroiled in secrecy at the very beginning. we don't know anything about it. so at least it will be out many the open a bit which i think is a good thing. >> what was the level, if any, of petraeus in the writing of the book, and what is his reaction after being published? >> well, you know, i interviewed about 110 people for this book including petraeus. one thing about petraeus, he has always been very solicitous of reporters, including me, i have to admit. now, he has two motives, and everybody knows it. one is he kind of likes hanging around with reporters. but second, he sees it as what the military would call information operations or, as the french less euphemistically cal
cheney played in outing valerie plame as the cia officer. patrick fitzgerald, the federal prosecutor, said there is a cloud over him. that's what he said back then. and here is why, according to "time" magazine, quote, though his recollection of other events in the same time frame was lucid and detailed, on at least 20 occasions scooter libby, cheney's chief of staff, could not recall details of his talks with cheney of plame's place of employment or questions the vice president raised privately about wilson's credibility. some bush officials wondered whether libby was covering up for cheney's involvement in the leak of plame's identity. joan, i have to tell you, i respect scooter libby in one regard, loyalty at this. he has kept, and it is a strange loyalty, he has never brought cheney into this thing. cheney has been able to use crocodile tears to pretend he cared about the guy. he referred to him as a soldier left on the field. excuse me, there were 4,000 real soldiers left on the field. >> right. >> somehow he comes off as the sympathetic guy when, in fact, this guy wasn't out ro
by the operational mentality in the cia after being in the building no more than a month. this was an extremely weak national security team. obama also, i think, was rolled by the military, that's how you got to serge of forces. i think he realized he was had by the military, and i think that's important. one of the reasons i'm a little more optimistic about this second term is i think this is a wiser man in terms of foreign policy, and if you look at the fact that he has ended in the war in iraq, he has meandering towards ending the war in afghanistan, he's allowing the pentagon, and you've got to remember when you look at the pentagon, you're looking at an institution that has the fine motor skills of a dinosaur. it takes the pentagon a long time to put together a timetable such as for withdraw. all obama has to do, and i know it's not this simple, but i would look at the experience, came in in 1995, gave the speech in 1996, announcing the bleeding wound, he had nazis tell schulz we were getting out and the military had a year to turn it around, and they wouldn't be able to. 88, they announced the
as secretary of defense and as c.i.a. director for the last several years. the majority leader knows full well that the reason why cloture was denied or the debate -- closing off debate was denied is because there are reasonable requests being made on this side for additional information, and i hope and trust that that information will be provided here in the next few days and when we come back from the recess, we'll have another vote and another opportunity for senators to express themselves. but this is not any attempt to kill this nomination. this is not a filibuster. i realize that's the headline that the majority leader would like the newspapers to write. we actually had some very reasonable discussions going on earlier today among senators on the democratic side and republican side to try to work this out. given the fact that this nomination has just so recently been reported from the armed services committee and o to accommodate the reasonable requests from senators to get answers to their legitimate questions. and we didn't need to have this vote today. we could have -- we could have d
. -- poised to run for governor. and the military may take over drones for the cia. that's the charlotte observer with that on the front page. also, the los angeles times has this -- the front page of the miami herald has a story about who is behind the scenes for a senator marco rubio. back to your favorite president. matthew in tacoma, washington, democrat. go ahead. is jackson your favorite? caller: it's richard nixon, because he's such a devilish character, but he also did stuff like opening up china. host: all right. we're featuring nixon on american history tv. you can watch on c-span3. we will look at his legacy and the 1993 atf raid in waco, texas. long beach, independent caller, neal. you are on the air? moving on. charles, atlanta, georgia, democrat, hi. caller: hi. our greatest president was john f. kennedy, by far. the reason is because he gave us the good society speech in which he warned americans about the secret societies that were determined to take over america and the change america fundamentally. he was the only president that had the guts to look out for americans. w
. >> president of his nominee for cia director john brennan accused iran of pursuing nuclear weapons in made the comment during his confirmation hearing. tehran and in taez o brennanhn enbridge >> john read your response? >> this has been the position for quite some time. even though the intelligence of all of the p-5 indicates there is not been a decision to weaponized, the belief is the iranians are moving toward a nuclear weapons capability, but in everything in order to be able to make that decision if they so choose. as a result, there is the impression the window is closing in order to be able to address this peacefully. in order to really exhaust all of the options to resolve this peacefully, there has to negotiations that are far more intense, far more serious from both sides. both sides have so far gone to the table and essentially offer the other side ultimatums' rather than engaging in proper negotiations. both sides have been working on taking or more accepting of taking a risk for the status quo or even escalation in accepting risks for peace making. >> a want ask about chuck ha
, and doing work with the cia on iraq wmd, through all the briefs i heard at langley, i never saw one piece of credible evidence that there was an ongoing program. and that's when i began to believe they're getting serious about this. they want to go into iraq. >> joining me now, rachel maddow, narrater of the documentary "hubris: selling the iraq war," which premiers monday at 9:00 p.m. eastern on this network. and david corn of mother jones magazine, who co-authored the book. great to have both of you with us. >> thanks, ed. >> rachel, the people coming forward going on record will change a lot of people who were thinking, well, we really did the right thing. >> two things have been happening in the ten years since we were led into this war from the political right. and one is the idea that it wasn't that much of a mistake. you see that still happening in politics this past week in capitol hill, right? people defending the iraq war as if it were the right thing to do. but also, this idea that we were all in bed together, that we all made the same wrong decision together as a nation, that
senator chuck hagel as our next secretary of defense. and brennaman as the head of the c.i.a. in a new t.v. add for the n.r.a., a gun owner is a proclaimed proud defender of the second amendment. >> after the nra's disgusting response, i've had enough. you take money from the n.r.a. and then continue to do their bidding, we're going to remember that come election time. >> move on is running a separate add targeting senator rob portman of ohio. the senator said he could get behind some gun safety legislative proposals but hasn't made a public commitment to any of them yet. we're back. stay with us. billy zane stars in barabbas. coming in march to reelz. to find reelz in your area, go to [ male announcer ] start with a groundbreaking car. good. then invent an entirely new way to buy one. no. no. no. yes! a website that works like a wedding registry. but for a car. first, you customize it. then let people sponsor the car's parts as gifts. dad sponsors the engine for your birthday. grandma sponsors the rims for graduation. the car gets funded. then y
.c. at the c.i.a. >> roger, it's used for what? surveillance? it's also capable of attack. >> its primary original purpose was surveillance. it was armed in 2001. the aircraft we're seeing here is the very first one to be armed. it is the first one to fire a hell fire in combat. the first combat kill with a predator was this aircraft behind you. >> it was used in what year? >> 2001 in afghanistan. >> the next one we want to talk about is the shadow up here. >> the shadow is another current u.a.v. in service, unmanned aerial vehicle. the shadow is designed for field forces. this is tactical reconnaissance and a very small aircraft designed to be used at a divisional company, even platoon level. >> i imagine because this one is smaller, it's easier to be camouflaged too? >> it's very hard to see. doesn't have to get very high before it is impossible to see from the ground. >> j.u.-cast looks like something from star wars. >> it is the only one of its aircraft that is truly unmanned. it can take off and fly as a robot. this one is designed as a bomber, designed to fly a mission on its own wi
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the air force and the cia, and he was sent to the philippines in the late 1940s when they were facing the huck rebellion, one of the major communist uprisings of the the post-world war ii period sp. what he did was he didn't send an army, he simply drove out into the boondocks to get to know the people of the philippines. he didn't sit in the embassy, he went out there to really figure out what was going on, and the most important thing he did was he identified a great leader who could lead the philippines out of this morass with support, and that was ramon -- [inaudible] land ares dale pushed to make him the defense minister and then the president. and he was this great leader who rooted out a lot of the corruption which was causing people to turn away from the filipino government. he end the brutality -- he ended the brutality which was causing villagers to flee into the hands of the hucks. he established clean elections and basically took away all of the ideological appeal that the hucks could possibly have. of this was an effective strategy, and it's something we need to think abo
? cheney says it's vital to national security that good folks hold positions like secretary of state, cia director, and secretary of defense. we can all be on board with that. first off, none of the president's nominees are second rate. we don't need to point out why everyone on the wall is qualified to serve as the president's national security team. meanwhile, let's look at a few bush/cheney dandies from their cabinets there is secretary of defense donald rumsfeld. we can't forget him, can we? he botched the wars in afghanistan and iraq. he ignored critical advice from colleagues and failed to commit the correct number of troops to get the job done for those wars. bush appointed condoleezza rice his national security adviser. well, condi lied about weapons of mass destruction in iraq and played a key role in starting the war. as a reward, bush later promoted her to secretary of state. then there is fema director, how could we ever forget brownie? of course bush told brownie he was doing a heck of a job responding to hurricane katrina. but now brownie is famous for one of the biggest gov
another seven or eight to confirm. >> what about john brennan then, nominated to be head of the cia. he's had his hearings. >> had his hearings. not come up for a vote. there are questions by both democrats and republicans, questions about drones, questions about benghazi, lots of questions both sides of the aisle so they are not making a political statement on him because democrats have legitimate questions that they want answers to. >> what is your state of mind when it comes to a confirmation vote on brennan? >> i still want to review the hearing. they have classified hearings and then those that are not classified. i've seen the public. i want to read some of the other information. >> are you leaning one way or the other? not at this point. >> how about jack lew, treasury secretary? >> jack lew, a long history public service, but they have to ask and answer questions regarding his time on wall street, the large bonus payment that he got not too long before the big bailout of the group that he was working for on wall street, his investments in the cayman islands for which the preside
who was once a legendary figure he was a former advertising man who joined the air force and the cia and was sent to the philippines and 1940's when they were facing the rebellion, one of the major communist uprising of the post world period and what he did was he didn't send an army to back them up she simply drove out into the boondocks to get to know the people of the philippines he didn't send the embassy like so many officials today he went out to figure out what was going on into the most important thing he did is identified a great leader that could lead the philippines out of this with some support and that was from a filipino center when they encountered him. he pushed to make first the defense minister and then the president and he was a great leader that rooted out a lot of the corruption which was causing people to turn away from the government. he ended the brutality on the part of the filipino army which was causing the villagers to flee into the hands. he established clean elections and basically took away all of the eddy logical appeal that they could possibly have. t
review. instead of being the heads of the c.i.a., he should be executed into treason. we should turn that into a tribunal. >> that's what they peddle. stephanie: ok, let's end with linda harvey from mission america. what's that? >> one of those web radio shows that seems to be popular amongst the righties. >> he would cave in and allow homosexual identity and attraction to be respected and welcomed among their boys. that would mean mobile spiritual and possibly physical corruption, plain and simple. parents and grandparents in our nation are appalled at the irresponsibility of this potential move. the delay is not necessarily a good sign. what the national boy scouts may be hoping for is for more dialogue. in other words ways to pressure local troop leaders and national christian groups threatening to disaffiliate if this new policy goes through. the delay also allows homosexual groups to mount bigger nationwide campaigns to spin the issue as a matter of hate versus love and tolerance. those of us with experience with these folks know this does not reflect reality. stephanie: wow tha
of the budget committee, o.m.b., president's chief of staff, head of the c.i.a., secretary of defense -- he, after all these years, has gone home to his farm and his family in california. we do not have at 12:00 today a secretary of defense. these across-the-board cuts are going to be very difficult. the pentagon needs a leader to oversee and manage historic cuts and ensure they're made in a responsible way. just a minute about senator hagel. he was an enlisted man in the vietnam war. he didn't have to go. he enlisted. the story of senator hagel is not a legend; it's true. he was an heroic warrior, an infantryman. he saved his brother' brother's. when he was a senator -- he saved his brother's life. when he was a senator here, the picture on his wall was of he and his brother in vietnam on a carrier. he's proud of his service. he should be. wounded two times, an infantry squad leader, a man of integrity and dedication. he has a deep understanding of our national security establishment. gained not only from his military service but as a united states no member o senator, meme foreign intelli
. george h. w. bush only serve one term as president but many years of federal service with the cia and as u.n. ambassador. he decided not to take the health benefits. he does not receive those. you can decline and that any time. bill clinton and george w. bush both receive health benefits. host: what kind of health care are they getting? guest: they are receiving the same health benefits and the federal pensioner would get in federal service. host: the same that members of congress get. what does that include? is that better than medicare? guest: i think it is exactly the same. i do not think it is better than medicare. it is what every federal employee uses. i am a federal employee. i enjoy my health benefits. i am assuming they are about the same. host: margaret from tennessee, independent caller. caller: they also extend the secret service powers under mr. cheney. the reason they have done this is because i think both men are cowards. they think they have to have protection. i cannot believe they would not give you an amount when you called the government and asked how much this
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